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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Lupari

RICHARD BONE: Short Waves (2008)

Updated: Sep 14, 2020

This is the kind of opus that we play in loops and which flows with the sweetness of its harmonies, even the most complex ones

1 Arboratora 2:52

2 Blue Cordial 2:36

3 Orbitaj 2:16

4 Sea of Sound 2:14

5 Winters In Euphoria 2:43

6 The Indifferent O 2:24

7 Impossibly Gray 2:41

8 Flexion 2:21

9 Delonyka 2:10

10 Eldersway

11 Primitive Machine Vision

12 Autumna Falls

13 Flexion (Nights in Bavaria Mix) 3:14

14 Eldersway (Long Version) 4:37

15 Impossible Gray (Prolonged Sax Mix) 3:56

16 Autumna Falls (Longer Season) 4:37

(CD 47:57) (DVD 31:17) (V.F.)

(Ambient organic New Age)

Richard Bone would grow roses in clay that I wouldn't be surprised! This musician from New York avoids all etiquettes to offer music without borders. A diversified music which always manages to seduce, even with a confusing approach. It's in this context that the chameleon of abstract electronic music presents SHORT WAVES. A collection of 12 short musical reflections as tasty as disparate, lying on canvas with pastel fonts and parallelism modulations that meet his bohemian spirit. This CD/DVD combo also offers 4 extra titles on the CD that respect the impressionist oasis of the DVD.

A soft voluptuous bass with suggestive curves opens Arboratora. The piano is clear and surfs on a synth with harmonious resonances and flute with charming breaths. A languid, jazzed up and sensual approach, like on Oribtaj, Blue Cordial and Eldersway, although the latter are animated by light and catchy rhythms of jazz-fusion style which gives the taste to move. Sea of Sounds takes us back to the mysterious mists of Richard Bone' complexities. It's a good title with a nostalgic piano playing over an ambiguous sound structure. A psychedelic nostalgia that floats with sea jellyfish. Still in nostalgic and nebulous mists, Winters in Euphoria waddles on a solitary piano streaked with oscillating strata. Short and beautiful, like everything evolving in this collection. Bone succeeds in moving with his nostalgic wanderings sprinkled with dark and gripping choirs. The Indifferent O is just as poignant with its solitary piano which floats on a soft fluty synth. Impossibly Gray melts into a slow and complex cadence like a wind rolling over delicate tribal undulations. Flexion is disturbing with its undulating rhythm with the clinking of the harpsichord. A ballet shimmering with a sound of glass which comes alive with a strongly sensual rhythm on the Nights in Bavaria Mix. And so are going these short musical interludes. Delonyka is undulating on a dark humming that surrounds a mistral piano. Like everywhere, the fusion with the animated images is linked to the complexity of these short musical pearls, as evidenced by the static Primitive Machine Vision and the angelic Autumna Falls which is well worth its extended version on the CD.

In the end, I loved this album. Both for the musical aspect and its videoclips side, SHORT WAVES is the kind of opus that we play in loops and which flows with the sweetness of its harmonies, even the most complex. A sound universe difficult to show, but Richard Bone would grow roses in clay that I would not be surprised.

Sylvain Lupari (May 14th, 2008) *****

Available at Richard Bone Site

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